Dr. Harbut to Contribute Articles to Breath of Life Foundation Website

June 26, 2014

Dr. Michael R. Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP
Dr. Michael R. Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP

Michael R. Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP is an internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the environment and workplace.

He is co-author of the American Thoracic Society’s most recent criteria for the diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related diseases and is also co-author of findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine which reported two bio-markers for the presence of mesothelioma. He also published a report which discovered the probable cause of intractable pain in persons with pleural disease.

Harbut was chair of the Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease section of the American College of Chest Physicians and was the director of the National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-related Cancers. He has testified in front of the United States Senate and has lectured at the White House on the diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases.

Dr. Harbut has attended patients from around the world. When workers in the tunnels beneath the U.S. Capitol were found to have been exposed to asbestos, they traveled to Michigan to see Dr. Harbut for diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Harbut was the chief U.S. medical advisor to Poland’s Solidarity during the Cold War and was medical coordinator of the Kibumba refugee camp during the Rwandese genocide of 1994. The Centers for Disease Control found the death rate in the part of the camp under Harbut’s direction was 30% of that of the remainder of Kibumba.

A Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Detroit’s Wayne State University, Dr. Harbut has appeared in many media outlets ranging from “Nightline” to “Consumer Reports”, and has been the recipient of a number of awards, medals and honors.

In the book, “An Air That Kills,” authors Andrew Schneider and David McCumber stated, “Dr. Michael Harbut is one of the courageous ones who have added to (Dr. Irving) Selikoff”s legacy.

“Harbut is not willing to sit back and watch as asbestosis patients die. He is one of only a few physicians trying to treat the disease aggressively, hoping to find a way to change the course of a longtime killer.”

Among his current activities, Dr. Harbut is medical advisor to the Breath of Life Foundation, the Insulators International Union and is a staff member at Michigan’s St. John’s/Providence Hospital.